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Get Lucky: How to Put Planned Serendipity to Work for You and Your Business by Lane Becker, Thor Muller

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Every Project Is a Side Project

Construal level theory is a powerful tool for understanding how the skill of preparation connects disparate ideas to harness serendipity and solve problems. It helps us see how we compromise this ability when we are too close to the problem at hand, and demonstrates how very small changes in the way we perceive the world can make a big difference. But how do we begin to create this distance within ourselves on a routine basis?

The main barrier to supporting preparation for most of us is our cultural fear of failure. For many of us, fear of failure or loss is the fastest way to shut us down, and within many organizations the stigma associated with failure is significant and hovers over everything we do. We are so ...

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